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Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 8:48 a.m. PST

Interesting story on BBC website – HMS Caroline (light cruiser) is the last surviving warship of the Battle of Jutland and has been berthed at Alexandra Dock in Belfast since 1923.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

Very nice!

Kudos for the commitment to restore her in time for the 100th anniversary of Jutland.


Steve W Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

Yup I nipped down to see it the other day, really needs an overhaul which I think is going to happen in time for the anniversary of Jutland

Big Martin Back13 Oct 2012 10:20 a.m. PST

Good – when she's finished I'll have another reason to go to Northern Ireland – along with seeing my favourite (lady) vicar.

Alpha Geek Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 10:20 a.m. PST

That will be a difficult restoration job! Long years of service as a training ship and as administrative office for escorts in WWII have given it quite a different appearance than she had at Jutland.

The toughest restoration task will be finding replacements for the scrapped-long-ago primary armaments. She launched with a pair of 4" guns on the forecastle but the whole class was converted to a much better single 6" and this *may* have been completed on Caroline by the time of Jutland.

Steve W Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 11:36 a.m. PST

Well so far they have earmarked 1 million towards it, so thats a pretty good start, its going to be opposite the Normadic so I think a lot more money will be ploughed into it

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 11:42 a.m. PST

A great class of cruisers. I hope they are able to restore her. I was on the USS "Texas" last weekend and it is a never-ending battle to keep those beautiful old ships functioning.

McKinstry Fezian13 Oct 2012 3:43 p.m. PST

Great news. I had no idea a veteran from Jutland was still around.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member14 Oct 2012 12:18 p.m. PST

That's fantastic news!
They'll need a hell of as lot more than a million pounds too, but as said above, it's a good start.

Pontius15 Oct 2012 3:22 a.m. PST

This reminds me of an amusing snippet about the Caroline.
All HM ships at sea send a position and intended movements signal (PIM) at 2000 daily which states where they are, destination, speed, fuel state etc. It so happened that HMS Caroline was being towed from her normal berth to dry dock one evening so someone sent a PIM signal at 2000. The reaction of Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland when a PIM was received from what was regarded as a shore establishment was not recorded!

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